Another child shot; a granddad recalls his agony

Posted at 2:06 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 02:06:45-04

CINCINNATI -  Another child shot. One grandfather had already been through that agony.

If you want to know the pain of a grandfather watching his grandchild heal from a gunshot wound, just talk to Donald Fairbanks.

"She's a fighter. She fought. She fought through it all," Fairbanks said Tuesday  "She's still fighting. I can see she's one strong young girl - one strong young girl."

His granddaughter, Martasia Thomas, was shot in Avondale two months ago and is still recovering.

"She is the same little girl she was before she was shot. The same little girl. Smiling. Keeping a smile," her loving grandfather says. "I was over there yesterday. She smiles. Held her hand out for me and my wife. She's just all smiles -- still smiles -- like nothing ever happened."

Fairbanks can relate to the family of the young boy wounded Monday night in a drive-by shooting on Hewitt Avenue in Evanston.

"When is it going to stop? When is it going to stop?" he pleaded.

That's a question that was on the mind of Interim Chief Elliot Isaac at the Evanston shooting scene Monday.

"I mean, it's a senseless act. Anyone that would do such a thing is senseless. I don't know any other way to describe it," Isaac said. "It's a senseless act and we're going to do everything we can to resolve it."

Isaac talked about children being shot when he spoke recently to the WCPO editorial board.

"When a child is shot, everybody should be outraged. It should be unacceptable to everybody," Isaac said. "There should be no one who has any type of apathetic attitude to something as horrific as that happening."

Various things are being tried to reduce the gun violence, and Fairbanks has one suggestion.

"The only thing I can think of is they make a full sweep -- try to get all the guns off the street," he said.